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Michael Jackson's Death Brings Sudden Cardiac Death Alive In News

Michael Jackson, 50, died yesterday June 25, 2009 in the UCLA Medical Center on June 25 2009 . It is reported that Jackson died of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The news is now alive with explanations of SCA. Here is our attempt to educate you.


The definition of sudden cardiac death according to the American College of Cardiology is defined as “the sudden cessation of cardiac activity so that the victim becomes unresponsive, with no normal breathing and no signs of circulation.” Most often there are no warning signs, and loss of consciousness can occur between seconds to minutes due to lack of blood flow to the brain.

It’s estimated that up to 15 percent of total mortality in the United States is due to sudden cardiac death. Ninety-five percent of people who have sudden cardiac arrest die from it. See what leads to higher Cardiac Arrest survival.

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Risk factors for sudden cardiac arrest include underlying cardiac disease, structural heart disease, smoking, obesity, an elevated blood pressure or cholesterol level, or a family history of heart disease.

Rapid treatment of sudden cardiac arrest with a defibrillator can be lifesaving. A defibrillator is a device that sends an electric shock to the heart to try to restore its normal rhythm. The use of the defibrillator has to be quick. There can be a good outcome if it is used within 4 minutes. Between four and eight minutes, the outcome will be questionable. After eight minutes very, very few people will survive.

This morning it was reported that painkiller Demerol may have been linked to Michael Jackson's death.

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